Monday, 7 September 2009
Banksy Painted Over
A mural by one of our favorite artist Banksy, which once featured on the cover of a single by rock band Blur, has been painted over by Hackney Council.
The spoof image of the Royal Family, painted on the side of a building in Stoke Newington, east London, was partially covered with black paint. The building’s owner was in tears as she begged workmen to stop. By the time she persuaded them it was almost gone.
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Hackney Council said the image was painted over in error.
Property owner Sofie Attrill gave consent for the mural to be painted on the building so it could be photographed for the launch of Blur’s 2003 single Crazy Beat. Since then it has attracted tourists from all over the world and become a local landmark.
“ We never wanted to make money out of it like many do – but it was a part of our lives. Now it’s gone ” - Sofie Attrill, building owner.
Ms Attrill, 50, a property manager who lives in the building, said workmen used rollers to cover it in black paint.
She said: “The workmen were smiling as they did it – they thought it was funny.
“I just burst into tears. But a crowd gathered and we managed to get them to stop before destroying it completely.”
Hackney Council needed permission to remove the mural because it was on private property.